Manchester United are linked with a move for England striker Harry Kane which could be funded via player sales.

Harry Kane has re-emerged as a possible target for Manchester United. The Guardian report Tottenham owner Joe Lewis wants to cash in on Kane, and does not wish to lose him on a free transfer next summer with his contract running down.

United are said to be interested in the striker and the £100 million fee is not claimed to be an issue.

This is only going to be possible if United get a move on with player sales. Let’s explore how this could be possible.

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Deals complete

Confirmed exits: Alex Telles, Charlie Savage, Ethan Laird, Bjorn Hardley and Zidane Iqbal

Manchester United have sold five players this summer to date. Alex Telles has joined Al Nassr for £6 million.

Charlie Savage, Ethan Laird, Bjorn Hardley and Zidane Iqbal were each sold for six-figure fees, taking United’s total earnings to approximately £9 million to date.

It’s not a lot, but it’s a start, and there are certainly more exits ahead.

Expected sales to come

One sale is almost complete. Anthony Elanga is set to sign for Nottingham Forest for £15 million, The Telegraph report. That will take United’s earnings up to £24 million.

Another move to Forest could be in the pipeline for Dean Henderson. This could be around £20 million.

Eric Bailly is another player expected to leave the club. He could fetch a similar fee to Telles, which with Henderson and Elanga, would take United’s earnings up to £50 million.

Fred is also likely to be sold. Fulham are among the interested clubs. United should receive around £15 million, taking potential sums to £65 million in player sales.

Possible exits

This is where potential departures for Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay could really heighten the club’s budget.

Maguire and McTominay could each fetch £30 million. Selling both players could take United’s total income from sales to £125 million.

There could be further sales too of Nathan Bishop and Brandon Williams. This could take us up to £130 million.

Donny van de Beek is another possible outgoing although we predict this may be a loan move.

Obviously some of this money could be spent on an additional midfielder, Sofyan Amrabat, and Kane might still not be gettable.

These sales would give United options, also clearing a bit of wage space. There is a long way to go, but it illustrates how the club can negotiate the Financial Fair Play challenges and find necessary funds to buy extra players.